13% of Ombudsman for Children’s Office complaints came from Limerick

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR OMBUDSMAN FOR CHILDREN’S OFFICETHE Ombudsman for Children’s Office 2019 Annual Report reveals an increase in the percentage of complaints received relating to education, despite an overall decrease in the number of complaints received by the office on behalf of children.In 2019, the Ombudsman for Children’s Office (OCO) received 1,503 complaints, a decrease from 1,622 complaints in 2018, however 49% of the complaints in 2019 related to education, up from 42% in 2018. While the highest proportion of complaints came from Dublin (28%), 13% or approximately 195 complaints came from the Limerick region.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Of those complaints, 75% related to schools, 17% to the Department of Education and Skills and 4% were associated with other educational agencies such as the National Council for Special Education and the State Examinations Commission.The OCO’s 2019 Annual Report also revealed that 20% of complaints related to Family Support Care and Protection, a reduction from 24% in 2018. The proportion of complaints received by the OCO that related to the health services also decreased last year from 16% in 2018 to 14% in 2019.Complaints received by the Ombudsman for Children’s Office in 2019: WhatsApp Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash 5%Housing and Planning 6%Justice 14%Health TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostOMBUDSMAN FOR CHILDREN’S OFFICE Linkedin Email Facebook Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live 49%Education Twitter WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Previous articleWilliam O’Donoghue expecting a ‘tough battle’ against Doon in SHC FinalNext articleText for mental health support Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print LimerickNews13% of Ombudsman for Children’s Office complaints came from LimerickBy Staff Reporter – September 19, 2020 198 Advertisement Over the past number of years the OCO sought to address how child protection issues are handled by schools over concerns that the personal views, the school’s policies, or the involvement of the board of management might prevent these issues being raised with the Department of Education and Skills (DES).The Office launched an investigation into how the DES and Education Inspectorate monitored and dealt with child protection complaints within schools, making subsequent recommendations to improve the systems in place.As a result, the Child Protection and Welfare Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools were published and in place by 2019, in line with the OCO’s recommendations.The Annual Report also reveals how the OCO raised the case of Maria with Tusla, a young person with complex needs who complained to the Office about her experiences in an emergency hostel.Without a proper home, Maria found herself walking the streets day and night with nothing to do. She was also exposed to drink and drug misuse and was sexually exploited during this time.The OCO was very concerned about the model of care provided to vulnerable young people like Maria. After engaging with Tusla, it was confirmed to the Office that a 24-hour service would be provided and that a number of residential respite centres to support children living at home or in foster care that require additional supports to maintain their placement had been developed.Another of the case studies featured in the 2019 Annual Report details how the OCO worked on behalf of the parent of Conor, a teenager with a diagnosis of autism, depression and anxiety, who had been staying in a paediatric ward for nearly five months.Conor’s parent was concerned about the inappropriate nature of the hospital placement, the delay in the HSE securing an appropriate place for him to stay and a lack of proper supports to help him.Conor had little exercise, no access to education, limited therapeutic input and his only social interaction was with staff and parental visits. The OCO met with Conor in hospital and raised these concerns with the HSE, resulting in more proactive planning by the HSE for Conor’s care but it was still nine months after his admission that the HSE secured an individual placement for him supported, by a private care services provider.Speaking about the 2019 Annual Report, Ombudsman for Children Dr Niall Muldoon said, “The rise in the percentage of complaints relating to education shows that while significant work and development has taken place in this area there are still many children and families who are unhappy with the way the education system is supporting them.“In 2019, 5% of the complaints we received were about housing, representing no change on the previous year. Access to suitable housing was the main issue raised, which includes local authority housing allocation, suitable housing for children with disabilities, emergency homeless accommodation, medical priority allocation and general transfer issues. We also launched “No Place Like Home” in 2019 to highlight the feelings and concerns of children living in Family Hubs.“During 2019 we continued to place the rights and welfare of children to the fore in all our work. The second annual Child Talks event took place offering children an opportunity to talk about a right that is particularly important to them.“We also hosted Beyond Limits; an event aimed at empowering young people with disabilities with over 1,000 children, parents, siblings, carers and those working with people with disabilities in attendance.“The Office remains concerned about the slow pace of change to improve law, policy and provision in the area of children and young people’s mental health. In a meeting with the Minister of State with responsibility for Mental Health and Older People in December 2019, I raised the need for swift progress in a number of areas, including the Government’s Mental Health (Amendment) Bill; the publication of the refreshed Vision for Change; and the establishment of the Youth Mental Health Pathfinder project.“From my perspective as Ombudsman for Children, key issues for children and their rights that I want to see Government and the State pursue during 2020 include making tangible progress on putting in place a mental health system for children that is fit for purpose and upholds children’s right to the highest attainable standard of mental health.“I would also like to see the homelessness crisis addressed as a matter of urgency, ensuring that meaningful steps are taken on the issue of enumerating the right to housing in our Constitution. New political commitments to address and indeed end Direct Provision are welcomed and I hope that these will be honoured in the quickest possible timeframe,” Dr Muldoon concluded. 20%Family Support Care and Protection Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live 6%Otherlast_img read more

Press release: Government announces new generation of council housing

first_img Social media – MHCLG Office address and general enquiries General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 Email [email protected] Today the government has announced borrowing restrictions will be removed enabling councils to play a key role in delivering the homes their communities need.In the latest measure by the government to make the housing market work, the Housing Revenue Account borrowing cap for council house building will be lifted.This gives councils the tools they need to deliver a new generation of council housing – up to an estimated 10,000 additional homes a year.Councils in areas of high affordability pressure have already been invited to bid for a share of £1 billion extra borrowing to build much needed homes.Today’s move recognises that councils see the borrowing cap as the greatest barrier to building new homes.The interest in bidding for a share of the £1bn borrowing increase also showed that they are ready and willing to deliver the homes their communities need.Removing the borrowing cap entirely is also likely to diversify the house building market, with councils being better able to take on projects and sites that private developers would consider too small.The cap will be lifted as soon as possible, with further details confirmed in the Budget. Contact form https://forms.communit… Media enquiries Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclglast_img read more

Brunt back in N Ireland squad

first_img The West Brom midfielder missed the side’s 1-0 win over Russia at Windsor Park – manager Michael O’Neill’s first victory in the job – after picking up two yellow cards in the campaign. All of the players who featured in that match return for the double header, with Portugal coming to Belfast on September 6 and Northern Ireland away to Luxembourg four days later. Chris Brunt has returned from suspension to take his place in a 22-man Northern Ireland squad for next month’s World Cup qualifiers against Portugal and Luxembourg. Press Associationcenter_img Manchester United’s Jonny Evans, who was a late withdrawal on the evening of the Russia match due to illness, is in the squad along with Kyle Lafferty, who was ruled out of that game with an Achilles problem. The Palermo striker, so long a first-choice pick for his country, may find it hard to dislodge either Martin Paterson, the goalscorer against Fabio Capello’s Russia, or Jamie Ward after both men impressed in a new-look forward partnership. Chris Baird misses out once again having yet to sign for a club since his release by Fulham, while Paddy McCourt is also absent having yet to play since joining Barnsley. Grant McCann, the Peterborough midfielder, has taken a voluntary break from international football to concentrate on his coaching commitments at Posh. Northern Ireland squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Portugal and Luxembourg: Carroll (Olympiacos), McGovern (Falkirk); Hughes (Fulham), McGivern (Hibernian), Cathcart (Blackpool), McAuley (West Brom), J Evans (Manchester United), Bruce (Hull), Hodson (MK Dons), D Lafferty (Burnley); Davis (Southampton), Norwood (Huddersfield), McGinn (Aberdeen), Ferguson (Birmingham), C Evans (Blackburn), Brunt (West Brom), O’Connor (Rotherham); K Lafferty (Palermo), Grigg (Brentford), McKay (Inverness), Paterson (Huddersfield), Ward (Derby). last_img read more

‘Beckileaks’ email furore puts brand Beckham on the back foot

first_img(REUTERS) – David Beckham, the former England football captain turned international celebrity, was hit by a media onslaught yesterday after a series of hacked emails raised questions over his charity work after being made public.A staple of British gossip and style columns, Beckham, 41, came under attack from newspapers after emails he allegedly sent were disclosed by the website “Football Leaks”. A spokeswoman for Beckham said the emails had been taken out of context and doctored.Among them were his foul-mouthed reaction when he found out he was not going to be knighted and his reluctance to donate his own money to a charity project.The leaks fly in the face of his ‘man of the people’ public image.Known by the nickname ‘Golden Balls’, the east-London born midfielder shot to fame with Manchester United thanks to his expert free-kick taking and crossing ability. He won six Premier League titles and one Champions League, when Manchester United won the ‘treble’ in 1999.He is the third most-capped England international, and has global appeal having played for Spain’s Real Madrid and U.S. team L.A. Galaxy. He became as famous off the pitch as he was on it, marrying ‘Posh Spice’ singer Victoria Adams in 1999.Beckham told the BBC in a special radio appearance last month that he stayed with Victoria for love rather than to protect ‘brand Beckham’.However, the leaked emails portray a star who carefully maintained his image and who was tetchy when he did not get his way. His spokeswoman said the emails were misleading.“This story is based on outdated material taken out of context from hacked and doctored private emails from a third party server and gives a deliberately inaccurate picture,” she said in a statement.Reuters was not able to verify the source of the emails independently.Many tabloid newspapers that had helped to propel his fame were unrelenting in their criticism of him yesterday.The Daily Mail dedicated four pages to the ‘shame of Saint Becks’, and the affair has been dubbed ‘Beckileaks’ in the British media, although the Daily Mirror said that Beckham had been a victim of a ‘blackmail plot to shame footie hero’.Much of the outrage has centred on Beckham’s work with the UNICEF children’s charity. The leaked emails suggested that Beckham had billed it for a flight which he didn’t need to take, and was reluctant to contribute his own money to the charity.UNICEF said it could not comment on the emails, but defended Beckham’s contribution.“As well as generously giving his time, energy and support to help raise awareness and funds for UNICEF’S work for children, David has given significant funds personally,” it said in a statement.last_img read more